The Child’s Right To Try

The Child’s Right To Try

I've been thinking lately about the right of children to "try." So much of data-driven, test-apprehensive pedagogy has set the shared value at the right answer. Failure is to be avoided at all costs. If they can't pass the standardized test, push more, push harder....
Constructing An Image Of God Part II

Constructing An Image Of God Part II

Conversations with children about philosophy can be particularly rich. Big questions like "What is real?" or "What makes me me?" or "What happens after people die?", big questions without obvious answers, are like playgrounds for the intellect.  Some of the deepest...
Constructing An Image Of God, Part I

Constructing An Image Of God, Part I

As Autumn blows slowly through the wooded path along the James River in my neighborhood, I am reminded of the conversations held by a group of children I know to co-construct an image of God. How profound their thinking, and how beautiful their representations! This...